Solved laptop keyboard num lock not on

September 20, 2011 at 05:17:36
Specs: Windows 7
Hello, I have a ACER ASPIRE and the num lock will not activate on. it is not a FN key issue. The keypad will change over to use the second choice on numeral keys. All keys work just no numerals. there is nothing when it should display a number. I am stumped.

See More: laptop keyboard num lock not on

Report •

#1
September 20, 2011 at 08:32:22
For someone else's Acer Aspire 5100 series laptop I have that has problems (it was dropped - damaged mboard - USB ports, keyboard, and touchpad do not work; display via an external monitor only)......

In the User Manual (User's Guide) for the Aspire 5110 / 5100 / 3100 Series.....

There is an led that comes on to indicate whether Num Lock is toggled on near the Power button - it has an icon below it that looks like a closed padlock - has a tiny 1 on it.

In the Aspire (laptop) series Generic User Guide.....

Num lock - Fn + Fll (toggles on/off - only on certain models)
When Num Lock is (toggled) on, the embedded keypad is in numeric mode.

If you DO have that led that has an icon below it that looks like a closed padlock - has a tiny 1 on it. -
and if it does NOT go on / off when you press Fn + F11,
- either your keyboard is damaged
- OR - there MAY be a setting in the bios Setup that disables Num Lock completely, but I doubt that.
However, there is often a setting there that determines whether it is toggled on or off initially when you boot the computer. If you set that setting so it's ON while booting, the led MAY light up even when pressing Fn + F11 won't toggle it on /off.

if you have used this laptop a lot, malfunctioning laptop keyboard keys are common in that case.
They are a frequent replacement item, and relatively inexpensive replacement clone keyboards are plentiful on the web.
..........

On an Acer Aspire 5100 series laptop ....

The Fll key has the blue NumLk on it, there is no separate keypad area on the keyboard, the keypad keys have a blue number or character in the upper right corner

White character. lower case if that applies - blue character - on the keys:

7 - 7
8 - 8
9 - 9
0 - * (multiply)

U - 4
I - 5
O - 6
P - - (subtract)

J - 1
K - 2
L - 3
; - + (add)

M - 0 (zero)
> - . (decimal point)
/ - / (divide)


Report •

#2
September 21, 2011 at 03:52:44
Thank you for the quick responses. My ACER 5532 num lock key is only white, no FNblue on number pad. The FN functions are very basic.It has the F keys with both blue and white choice. The FN keys only show play,fwd,rew,stop,pause-brightness and mute. The F2 key has a blue graphic on it. It in the shape of a pie with 1 slice seperated. F4 key has an instant sleep key, Z'z. This is all I have. I have tried the FN+F11, FN+Numlock,still no go. I do appreciate everyones help. We are still trying. I never give up.

Report •

#3
September 21, 2011 at 08:34:32
✔ Best Answer
Apparently Aspire 5532 probably DOES NOT have the same key layout as the Aspire 510O series - it has separate keypad keys on the right side of the keyboard.

Acer's support of the 5532 is missing a specfic manual for the series - depending on where you look, it lists no manuals, or the same Aspire (laptop) series Generic User Guide as I found before, which DOES state that not all Aspire models use Fn + F11 to toggle Num Lock on / off.

However, 5532 is one of the 5532-5535 series, and there IS specific info about other 553x models - your keyboard is probably the same as the one for 5534.

Quick Guide
Aspire 5534 Notebook Series
http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/M...


It appears from looking at that, that you DO NOT have an led that comes on when Num Lock is toggled on, and your keyboard layout has a separate area on the right for keypad keys.

Your Num Lock key works the same way as the Num Lock key on a conventional keyboard - press it once it toggles Num Lock on, press it again it toggles Num Lock off (or visa versa).

When it's toggled on, Num Lock or similar may appear somewhere at the bottom of the desktop screen when the computer is running - I don't know.

If the Num Lock key is not toggling Num Lock on / off
- in the bios Setup, there is often a setting there that determines whether it is toggled on or off initially when you boot the computer. You could try setting that setting so it's ON while booting.

If that works, or if the Num Lock key IS able to toggle Num Lock ON, if the keys do not work in the ON mode, the keyboard is probably malfunctioning

if you have used this laptop a lot, malfunctioning laptop keyboards are common in that case.
They are a frequent replacement item, and relatively inexpensive replacement clone keyboards are plentiful on the web.

In the mean time, if you really need to use the keypad function....

- use an on screen virtual keyboard program - use your touchpad cursor or external mouse cursor to click on the keys.
E.g. Windows 7 has an onscreen keyboard program built into it.
Type: osk (press Enter) in the Start Search box to load it to your desktop screen

- use an externally connected keyboard.

..................

Review
Acer Aspire AS5532-5535 (series)
http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/ace...

Excerpts:

Reviewed on: 03/08/2010
Updated on: 09/18/2011
Released on: 02/01/2010


The good: Decent looks; roomy display; Wireless-N Wi-Fi.

The bad: Woeful performance, even for a budget laptop; poor battery life; flimsy keyboard, no Webcam; terrible audio output.

The bottom line: The entry-level Acer Aspire AS5532-5535 can keep up with neither dual-core laptops that are still moderately priced nor with a competing single-core entry-level laptop from Compaq.


At $329, the Acer Aspire AS5532-5535 is likely the cheapest laptop non-Netbook you'll find. In fact, this 15.6-inch laptop costs less than many Netbooks. And like those systems, it has a single-core CPU and low-end parts that make it best suited for light duty.
............

Support Docs

Acer Aspire 5552 Notebook Series

http://support.acer.com/us/en/acerp...

http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/n...


Report •
Related Solutions


Ask Question